A magnificent marble gorge carved by the turquoise river stream, plunging canyons in varying shades of gray, and soaring cliff with luscious forest. Featuring this dramatic scenery and pristine nature, Taroko Gorge trails are the most beautiful and desirable hiking destination in Taiwan.
Zhuilu Old Trail is the crown jewel of Taroko Gorge hiking. Narrowly carved 700m above the canyon floor, the track features an absolutely magnificent (and hair-raising) view of marble gorges from a soaring cliff. A hiker or not, anyone visiting Taroko Gorge near Hualien, Taiwan, should not miss out on this hiking experience like no other. Learn how to apply for a permit and everything else you need to know.
Sun Moon Lake Taiwan is a mystic alpine lake near Taichung. Ever since my first visit five years ago, it has been my favorite place in the country. Follow my guide to see things to do & how to get to Sun Moon Lake. You won’t want to miss it!
As one of the Eight Views of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake’s picturesque scenery is not to be missed. This itinerary suggests how to spend three days around Sun Moon Lake near Taichung, including Puli Paper Dome, Jiji station, Assam Tea Farm, and Chung Tai Chan Monastery.
Only a stone’s throw away from Taipei, Beitou Hot Spring is an urban retreat for the locals and travelers looking to rejuvenate their tired body and soul. This guide covers the best hot springs in Beitou – both private and public options. Besides basking in thermal water, Taipei’s suburb on the foot of Yangmingshan also presents lush green hills, mountaintop teahouses, cultural heritage sites, and many other things to do.
Wulai (or Urai) is a small mountain village best known for its natural thermal water and rich aboriginal culture. But this quaint town offers more than Wulai Hot Spring. And its proximity to the capital city makes it one of the best day trips from Taipei.
If you are a foodie visiting Taiwan, you may have heard of Yong Kang Street in Taipei. This happening neighborhood is filled with the country’s best restaurants, cafes, teahouses, bars, and shops. This article includes many of my favorite Yongkang Street food, desserts, cafes, and teahouses, as well as bars. Also, add Yongkang Street shopping spots to your itinerary as you will need to digest everything you eat.
Do you love pottery? I do. I love and cherish gorgeous potteries. If you are like me or are in the hunt for high-quality tea (or plate) sets, head over to Yingge. The pottery capital of Taiwan is only a stone’s throw away from Taipei. You will learn about the history of pottery in Taiwan at the museum, make your own pottery in class, and, best of all, shop for unique and practical souvenirs to bring back home. See how my first-ever pottery throwing experience went.
Looking for an off-the-beaten-path in Taiwan? Kinmen Island is an unconventional destination with the ambiance utterly different from the rest of Taiwan. The previously war-ridden island will fascinate any military enthusiasts and history buffs. And well-preserved traditions, rich culture, and ancient architecture would make you feel like traveling back in time on this island. Intrigued? Read my detailed guide for your Kinmen travel with lots of exquisite photos.
Xiao Liuqiu (=Liuqiu, Lambai Island) is a perfect weekend getaway destination from Taipei or Kaohsiung. Taiwan’s only coral island is a hidden gem vacation spot to swim/snorkel with green turtles and other marine life.